Special Events

Opening Ceremonies

Huntsman Arena - Thursday, August 22, 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
All athletes, family, and friends are invited to the Opening Ceremonies and Welcome Party to be held Thursday evening in the Huntsman Arena. The Welcome Party is sponsored by Intermountain Organ Recovery Systems. The event will include food, drink, music and entertainment. Admission to the Party is free for registered athletes; for others, the cost is $10, and $5 for children under 15. Tickets can be purchased at any Games Information Booth while supplies last; it is suggested that they be purchased no later than time of athlete registration. Children under 2 are free.


Welcome Party Sponsored By Intermountain Organ Recovery System


Donor Family Programs

For the first time ever, the U.S. Transplant Games will host expanded programs for donor families attending the event. As team escorts, the families will participate in Opening Ceremonies. Educational and support workshops led by bereavement and transplant professionals will be held to address many issues that donor families have in common. There will be social events and time for sharing and making new friends.
Donor Family Programs sponsored by Intermountain Health Care


Athletes' Village

Olpin Union Ballroom - Thursday, August 22nd 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, August 23rd & 24th 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

The Athletes' Village is the site for Games information, results postings, team get-togethers, Salt Lake City information, and exhibits for Games sponsors and for other Games exhibitors. Activities of the Games will also be staged in the Village area.


Family Focus Symposium

TBA - Thursday, August 22, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

"Making the Most of Your Life: Issues for Today's Transplant Recipients " is the theme of the 1996 Family Focus Symposium. Modeled and named after the first-ever national town meeting for recipients held this past November, this session will feature expert panelists who will address a number of topics that are relevant to living with a transplant. Join your fellow recipients for this educational and motivating experience.


Social Lounge

University Park Hotel - Friday & Saturday, August 23 & 24, 8 p.m-11p.m.

The Social Lounge will be open on Friday and Saturday evening and will feature food, music, Karaoke, and cash bar from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Shuttle transportation will run from the Social Lounge to Games hotels until 11:30 p.m. All participants are invited to stop by to relax, mingle and join in the fun!


Closing Celebration

Delta Center - Sunday, August 25, 7-11 p.m.

The Closing Ceremonies and Celebration will be held downtown at the Delta Center, the home of the Utah Jazz. Following food and drink on the concourse level, participants will enter the arena for the Closing Ceremonies. The outstanding male and female athlete awards and the '96 Games highlights video will be presented. After the Ceremonies, everyone is invited to the arena floor for music and dancing. Admission to the Closing Ceremonies is $25 for adults, $10 for children under 15. Children under 2 are free. Tickets are required for entry. Tickets can be purchased at any Games Information Booth while supplies last; it is suggested that they be purchased no later than time of athlete registration. Join us for food, music, dancing and a great time!

Kids' Events

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